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Central Virginia Opera Festival: Spotlight on American Opera
November 4, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 3:00 pm on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until November 11, 2018
A celebration of American Opera, performed by members of Opera on the James’ Tyler Young Artist Program and regional artists.
Tickets are $20, general admission for the following performances:
Nov. 4 at 3pm at the Academy Warehouse Theatre
Nov. 10 at 3pm at Timberlake United Methodist Church.
Free community performance at 3pm on Nov. 11 at Court Street Baptist Church
The program includes:
A twenty-five minute opera-satire, SWEET BETSY FROM PIKE. This musical cartoon tells the tale of Betsy and Ike and their experiences in the wild and woolly West. An engaging piece with words and music by Mark Bucci, it is a natural introduction to opera for children and adults alike, using grand opera’s conventions to hilarious effect.
A HAND OF BRIDGE, composed by Samuel Barber with libretto by Gian Carlo Menotti, is possibly the shortest opera that is regularly performed, lasting about ten minutes! The plot is a weekly bridge game, during which the two couples express their inner thoughts. (This will only be performed on at the Academy.)
TROUBLE IN TAHITI by Leonard Bernstein, is a forty minute opera that tells the story of the troubled marriage of Dinah and Sam as they go about their daily life, each wishing to recapture the ease and joy of earlier days.
Selections from PORGY AND BESS, George Gershwin’s iconic American story set in a dockside neighborhood in Charleston, South Carolina. Enjoy some of the show’s most memorable moments, performed by regional artists.